Vassal Lane Upper School

Public 6-8

 197 Vassal Lane
       Cambridge, MA  02138


(617) 349-6550

District: Cambridge

SchoolDigger Rank:
137th of 501 Massachusetts Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $30,721 Help

Students who attend Vassal Lane Upper School usually attend:

High:    Cambridge Rindge and Latin

Feeder schools for Vassal Lane Upper School:

Elementary:    Amigos School
    Cambridgeport
    Fletcher/Maynard Academy
    Haggerty
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Student/teacher ratio:  7.5
Number of students:  291

Racial breakdown:

White:
40.2%
African American:
26.8%
Asian:
17.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  42.7%

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We updated the 2020-21 rankings and test scores for this school on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

*Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on standardized testing and the number of schools reporting results are lower.


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Compare Details Vassal Lane Upper School ranks better than 72.7% of middle schools in Massachusetts. It also ranks 2nd among 4 ranked middle schools in the Cambridge School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2021 the calculated Average Standard Score was 69.89. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Vassal Lane Upper School is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (40.2%), African American (26.8%), Asian (17.2%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Vassal Lane Upper School is 7.5, which is the 2nd best among 4 middle schools in the Cambridge School District. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Vassal Lane Upper School is $30,721. 2 middle schools in the Cambridge School District spend more per student.
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Schooldigger 2021 Rankings:

Vassal Lane Upper School:

SchoolDigger ranks Vassal Lane Upper School 137th of 501 Massachusetts public middle schools. (See Vassal Lane Upper School in the ranking list.)

Cambridge:

SchoolDigger ranks Cambridge 123rd of 325 Massachusetts school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Vassal Lane Upper School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
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2015 50.46 217th 441 50.8%
2016 68.80 143rd 482 70.3%
2017 75.89 112th 487 77.0%
2018 77.70 104th 484 78.5%
2019 69.88 145th 498 70.9%
2021 69.89 137th 501 72.7%

Data source: test scores: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Enrollment information for Vassal Lane Upper School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2013 97 107 45 28 1 1 14 0 293
2014 106 110 46 22 2 1 15 0 302
2015 108 84 43 25 4 1 21 0 286
2016 113 75 35 23 3 0 21 0 270
2017 118 70 38 18 2 1 21 0 268
2018 120 72 44 24 0 1 20 0 281
2019 123 76 51 25 0 1 23 0 299
2020 119 73 46 21 0 0 22 1 282
2021 117 78 50 23 0 0 22 1 291

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Vassal Lane Upper School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2013 293 29.2 10.0 44
2014 302 32.6 9.2 46
2015 286 35.0 8.1 42.7
2016 270 36.0 7.5 n/a
2017 268 32.7 8.1 n/a
2018 281 33.6 8.3 n/a
2019 299 36.4 8.2 n/a
2020 282 40.3 6.9 n/a
2021 291 38.4 7.5 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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Student/Teacher Ratio Vassal Lane Upper School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2013 293 29.2 10.0 44
2014 302 32.6 9.2 46
2015 286 35.0 8.1 42.7
2016 270 36.0 7.5 n/a
2017 268 32.7 8.1 n/a
2018 281 33.6 8.3 n/a
2019 299 36.4 8.2 n/a
2020 282 40.3 6.9 n/a
2021 291 38.4 7.5 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Vassal Lane Upper School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $151 (0.5%) $28,302 (99.5%) $28,453
2020 $281 (0.9%) $30,440 (99.1%) $30,721

Data source: Massachusetts Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Vassal Lane Upper School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Ranks 145th of 498 Middle schoolsRanks 137th of 501 Middle schools
 1.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Vassal Lane Upper School)5462.1
 8.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Cambridge)5551.2
 3.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5446.8
 7.2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Vassal Lane Upper School)5351.5
 1.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Cambridge)4530.2
 14.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)5133.5
 17.5%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Vassal Lane Upper School)5236.2
 15.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Cambridge)4947.5
 1.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)4842.9
 5.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Vassal Lane Upper School)5933.3
 25.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Cambridge)5039.1
 10.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4834.7
 13.3%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Vassal Lane Upper School)6947.9
 21.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Cambridge)6147.2
 13.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5140.6
 10.4%
8th Grade Mathematics (Vassal Lane Upper School)7947.2
 31.8%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Cambridge)5540.3
 14.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4732.1
 14.9%
8th Grade Science (Vassal Lane Upper School)5348
 5%
   8th Grade Science (Cambridge)4546.2
 1.2%
   8th Grade Science (Massachusetts)4641.4
 4.6%
All Grades English Language Arts (Vassal Lane Upper School)5949.2
 9.8%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Cambridge)6057.5
 2.5%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5246
 6%
All Grades Mathematics (Vassal Lane Upper School)6444.6
 19.4%
   All Grades Mathematics (Cambridge)5339.2
 13.8%
   All Grades Mathematics (Massachusetts)4933.4
 15.6%
All Grades Science (Vassal Lane Upper School)5348
 5%
   All Grades Science (Cambridge)4946.7
 2.3%
   All Grades Science (Massachusetts)4741.8
 5.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students299291
 2.7%
African American7678
 2.6%
American Indian00
Asian5150
 2%
Hispanic2523
 8%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
Two or More Races2322
 4.3%




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. School Attendance Areas provided by ATTOM.

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